The daily diet of hateful Islamist propaganda has had its intended effect. A terrorist attack has struck the Jerusalem bus station: At least 25 people were hurt and one woman was killed after an explosive device was detonated in a phone booth near the Convention Center. A worker saw “a yeshiva student running around with his legs on fire.” The Popular Resistance Committees, a Gaza terror group, has lauded the attack.
The bombing occurred just hours after Gaza militants fired two Iranian rockets at the southern city of Be’er Sheva, a dusty corner of the world in the Negev desert. The Israelis are the only Western population forced to live with their eyes turned to heaven, sending their children to school by different buses.
The background to the Jerusalem bombing is, on one side, that of the “Arab revolution,” and on the other side that of the most traditional form of hatred. A new Facebook page calling for a “third intifada” was just created — on Sunday afternoon, the page had nearly 140,000 “Likes.” The organizers’ goal is to reach a million. In the West Bank Jewish community of Itamar, terrorists butchered an entire Israeli family. Word has it that a meeting has been held in Khartoum by members of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, attended by Palestinians, Egyptians, Tunisians, and even English people, where they supposedly coordinated a large-scale international plan for terrorist attacks, to be headed by Iran, the primary target of which would be Israel. Just two months ago, PA president Mahmoud Abbas sent a clear message of support for terror when he awarded $2,000 to the family of a terrorist who attacked Israeli soldiers. Football tournaments, songs, schools, and squares were recently named after female Palestinian terrorists. The Israeli army just seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Tehran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Two Iranian navy vessels passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal for the first time since Iran’s 1979 revolution. And a conference titled “National and Islamic Solidarity for the Future of Palestine” was jult held in Tehran. It was headed by President Ahmadinejad and a nasty group of terrorists with a decades-old record of murdering Jewish civilians: Khaled Mashaal, the chairman of Hamas; Ramadan Shalah, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group; and Ahmed Jibril, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The Jerusalem attack is a reminder to all of us that in the eyes of Islamists and terrorists, Israel itself is just one big settlement. The conflict is about Israel’s existence, not its size. Itamar’s “colonists” are tiny figures in the Middle Eastern conflict — but on a clear day from Itamar’s hills you can see both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. A bombing just destroyed a bus in the holy city. The rockets will fall in Tel Aviv in the next war. In the mindset of the Islamic multitudes and Western appeasers, the goal is very clear: They want an Israel that packs up and goes away.
— Giulio Meotti is author of The New Shoah.